The Midway project has already cost millions of tax dollars and will cost additional tens of millions more before we will ever see any jobs.
The Midway project is not likely to create any new jobs for many years and may never attract the first tenant who can meet the qualifications for locating there.
There are hundreds of acres of vacant land available in both East and West Knox County, and the jobs promised for those similar projects have never materialized.
There are valid concerns about whether the site will attract a high quality tenant given the many shortcomings such as no sewer system and the lack of supporting businesses nearby.
Paving over farmland and developing new infrastructure on the rural fringe of Knox County encourages sprawl and wastes our investment in already developed areas.
The Midway Road property just isn't suited for development. The property is riddled with sinkholes and has a significant amount of steep slopes that can't be developed.
Times have changed and building business parks on greenfields just doesn't make sense when we can get more bang for our economic development buck investing in other ways.